The John Deere 6630 tractor has been added by the Lincolnshire Police to its fleet of pursuit vehicles to curb agriculture crime.
With a top speed of 25mph, has been pimped up in police signs such as police stripes, badges and flashing blue light. The tractor is expected to play a vital role in Operation Fusion, a local police initiative to crack down on soaring agricultural crime.
The police have initiated the operation following an increase in the number of thefts of agricultural machinery as well as produce. The police have also been encouraging farmers to fit electronic tags to their equipment so that the equipment could be traced in case of being stolen.
Locals are also being encouraged to use Smartwater DNA marking to fight back thefts. SmartWater is a colorless liquid solution that can be used to exceptionally mark property, identifying its lawful owner.
Speaking on the topic, Chief Inspector Phil Vickers said, “There are steps that individuals can take to reduce their chances of becoming a victim of rural crime and this month's initiative is all about making them aware of the deterrents available.”
The tractor is being lent for free and the National farmers’ Union has paid for the addition of the police stripes.
The vehicle is expected to attract big swarms of people at various farmers’ markets, auctions and events throughout the current month to highlight the work of the police against agricultural crime.